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Can I File a Lawsuit After a Drowning Accident in New Jersey?


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning deaths are on the rise. Recently, the CDC reported that more than 4,500 people drowned across the United States. The most current data shows a significant increase in drowning deaths in the U.S. from previous years.

A deadly drowning can happen to anyone of any age or background; however, children aged one to four are the most susceptible to drowning. Older adults are another demographic that can be at high risk of having an issue in a body of water and drowning.

In the spring and summer time when the weather warms up, swimming becomes a much more popular activity in New Jersey. Swimming at the pool or going to waterparks, or even cooling down at a local splash pad are a fun way to enjoy a hot day. However, if these locations are not safe, catastrophic accidents can happen.

If you or a loved one was harmed in a drowning accident in New Jersey, then it is critical not to delay in having your case seen by an attorney. Our South Jersey personal injury attorney at Monaco Law PC will review the details of your drowning incident to determine if you have a case to make for compensation and what party is liable.

Filing an Injury Claim After a Drowning Accident in New Jersey

Depending on where you were swimming when your accident happened and the details surrounding how your accident happened, you may or may not be able to file a suit to secure the compensation you need for your losses. If you were swimming in a public place, for instance, a public swimming pool or waterpark, then owners of such establishments have responsibilities. Primarily to ensure reasonable safety for guests. When measures are not put into place the way that they should be to accomplish this and someone has an injury accident on the property, this can lead to a legal suit against the management or owners of a property.

Specifically, when it comes to drowning accidents, some of the following examples demonstrate where negligence could have contributed to someone being injured:

  • Overcrowding of the pool or park
  • Slippery surfaces or uneven surfaces that can cause one to trip.
  • Insufficient lifeguards, lifeguards who are distracted, or lifeguards who are not properly trained.
  • Lack of markings noting where shallow or deep ends are.
  • A swimming pool that lacks a secure surrounding protection like a fence.
  • Defective filters and drains.

Liability can be placed with the owner of a property, with a third party hired to maintain a pool, or with a manufacturer when a pool supply part is defective. An attorney can evaluate the details of your drowning accident and determine who is liable.

Speak to a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney Today

At Monaco Law PC, our South Jersey personal injury lawyer offers free consultations to victims who were injured or lost loved ones in drowning accidents. If you would like help with your claim, you can call (609) 277-3166 for our New Jersey office and (215) 546-3166 for our office in Pennsylvania.

We are a New Jersey and Pennsylvania personal injury law firm serving Atlantic County, Bucks County,  Burlington County, Cape May County, Camden County, Chester County, Cumberland County, Delaware County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Ocean County, Salem County, and all of South Jersey.



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